Tulsa World’s Susan Ellerbach To be Honored at Tulsa Press Club


The Tulsa Press Club has named Tulsa World Executive Editor Susan Ellerbach its 2018 Tulsa Press Club Media Icon. Ellerbach will be honored at the Tulsa Press Club on Aug. 3 at the organization’s annual Newsies event. A reception for Ellerbach begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. The Tulsa Media Icon award is bestowed annually to a local journalist who consistently exemplifies the highest quality and commitment to journalism and journalistic ethics.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by the Tulsa Press Club as a ‘Media Icon,’” Ellerbach said. “The Press Club continues to support local journalism and journalists which is a mission that I strongly support. Now, more than ever, the importance of a strong journalistic community encompassing all aspects of our profession is of utmost importance.”

Ellerbach has held the position of executive editor since 2014 when she became the first woman to lead the Tulsa World newsroom in its more than 100-year history. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Ellerbach worked for smaller newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma before joining the Tulsa World in 1985 as a business reporter. In the 33 years since, she’s covered real estate, energy, politics and everything in between. Prior to being named executive editor, Ellerbach held the positions of business editor, Sunday editor and managing editor.

Married to Richard Ellerbach since 1988, the couple has three daughters and two granddaughters.

The Newsies recognizes Tulsa’s favorite journalists across several news and information platforms. Nominees represent print, television, radio and online platforms.

The Tulsa Press Club created the Newsies awards several years ago to celebrate local journalists and support the organization’s mission to promote journalism in the Tulsa area through programming, scholarships and a clubhouse. A fun, lighthearted event, the Newsies showcases the Tulsa Press Club inside the historic Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston Ave., while bringing journalists from many outlets and platforms together to celebrate one another. For more information, see www.tulsapressclub.com.

Updated 07-23-2018

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